Sunset Boulevard Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 12, 2008
if you have the dream to make it to Tinsel Town, you might want to check this flick out because Hollywood is as hard on dreams as it was back in the 1950s
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Manny Farber
The Nation
August 29, 2012
An uncompromising study of American decadence displaying a sad, worn, methodical beauty few films have had since the late twenties.
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
Norma is something of a living legend, but she's also an unaware ghost: no longer of the world in which she thinks she lives.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A must for fans of ruthless black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
January 22, 2015
Rarely is fiction shot through so glitteringly with real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions, even if Norma doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2003
This is the greatest film about Hollywood ever put on celluloid by Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 15, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 15, 2004
A concentration of classic filmmaking at its peak, a specimen of director Billy Wilder at the razor's edge of his brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal
March 9, 2009
Sunset Boulevard's entire point of view is based on a gimmick. Whether one considers it an "artistic cheat" or a valid and audacious device depends up his ability and desire to suspend his disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
April 15, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 22, 2004
Black comedy, creepy noir, and timeless Hollywood satire... as good as they come.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
November 8, 2012
One of the great joys of the film is watching the way in which William Holden's naturalistic performance clashes with an actress and performance style from an earlier age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] Billy Wilder's deft weaving of gothic elements, not the least of which is Nora's decrepit mansion, casts a spell from which Joe is unable to break free. He, like the audience, is stuck in a terrible place awaiting an equally frightful fate.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Arguably Wilder's best film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
William Brogdon
Variety
June 28, 2007
...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 23, 2002
A demented circus of obsession, greed, and Hollywood
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 3, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 19, 2009
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